Palo Alto police are looking for two men who reportedly assaulted and robbed a woman as she was visiting her relative in the Midtown neighborhood on Wednesday night.
Police said the incident occurred at about 11 p.m. in the 2800 block of Bryant Street. The woman, who's in her 60s, drove to the area to visit a relative when she noticed two men on bicycles in the area. After she parked her car and began to unload some belongings, they began to approach her on foot, police said. Without saying anything to her, one of the men allegedly punched her in the stomach, pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse from her arm. Both men then ran to their bicycles and fled the scene.
The woman's male relative heard her scream and went outside to see what happened, police said. When he saw the bicyclists getting away, he briefly chased them, but fell during the pursuit. The two men were last seen riding their bicycles south in the 2900 block of Bryant.
Police said the woman suffered a minor bruise to her knee and discomfort from the punch to the stomach. The man who chased the bicyclists had abrasions on his legs and arms.
The woman's purse contained her wallet, some jewelry and a few personal items, police said. She described the one of the robbers as a man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a black backpack. The second robber was described as a man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing dark clothing.
Police said there haven't been any similar robberies recently reported in the area.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.